Sling TV Overview
With affordability and customizability on its side, Sling TV is one of the best cable alternatives for cord-cutters. It gives you access to a wide range of live TV channels so you can watch news, sports and TV shows at a much more affordable rate than cable. With plans starting at $30/mo., Sling TV is also one of the most affordable live TV streaming services.
The best part is that you get to choose a plan that fits your unique needs as well as customize it according to your preferences. While its default plans come with pre-set channel lists, Sling TV also offers add-on packages and features that you can add to your subscription. In other words, it allows you to build a personalized streaming plan based on your streaming habits and simplifies the process of cutting the cable TV cord.
But before you subscribe to the service, you’ll want a closer look at its channel and add-on package offerings to see if it’s the right fit for you. This review gives you a complete breakdown of Sling TV channels and add-ons to help you figure out exactly what you can get.
Sling Blue vs. Sling Orange vs. Sling Blue + Orange Channels
|Sling Blue||Sling Orange||Sling Blue
|Number of channels||50+||30+||50+|
|Popular channels||Bravo, E!, MSNBC, NFL Network, NBC Sports||Disney Channel, ESPN, Freeform, HGTV||AMC, ESPN, TBS, TLC, TNT, USA|
Sling TV is an over-the-top (OTT) streaming service that gives you access to live TV channels through an internet connection. Unlike video-on-demand services, it streams programs as they broadcast. But it also gives you the option to watch some older programming on-demand as well as record live broadcasts to watch later.
To access live TV through Sling, you only need to sign up for the service and download the app on any of the compatible devices. You can then use the app to start watching live TV programming on any of the channels in your Sling TV package. Keep in mind that you’ll need an internet connection to stream both live TV and on-demand programming on Sling.
Sling TV Channel List
You get to choose from two main Sling TV packages – Sling Blue and Sling Orange. While both packages cost $30/mo, each, Sling Blue offers 50+ channels while Sling Orange offers just 30+ channels. But you also have the option to combine the two packages for $45/mo. and get access to all the channels they offer.
The channel offerings for these two packages overlap in many ways, but you can find a few key differences that might make one a better fit than the other.
Sling Blue, for instance, gives you access to FOX-owned channels, such as Bravo, FOX News, FX and National Geographic. It also offers NBC, NBC Regional Sports and NBC Sports in select markets. On the other hand, Sling Orange doesn’t have any of these channels but offers Disney and ESPN instead. And it doesn’t provide access to any local or regional networks either, so don’t forget to take that into consideration if this type of programming is important to you.
The two packages, however, offer the same news and lifestyle channels, such as AMC, Cheddar, CNN, HGTV, TNT and Travel Channel. So if you mostly tune into ESPN programming, you might want to go for Sling Orange. But if you can’t miss shows airing on FX or live sports programming on NBC Regional, you’ll want a Sling Blue package. If you can’t live without both, you could go for the Sling Blue + Sling Orange combination. Below you’ll find a list of available Sling channels.
Sling TV Entertainment Channels
Sling TV News Channels
Sling TV Lifestyle Channels
Sling TV Movie Channels
Sling TV Premium Channels
Sling TV Kids Channels
Sling TV Sports Channels
Sling TV Add-Ons
Sling TV comes with a robust collection of add-ons, so you have the option to customize your plan exactly as you need. These add-ons give you access to mini channel collections, but you can also get premium a-la-carte channels starting at $3/mo. In addition, the Sling TV add-on options include enhanced features and extra package bundle offers, giving you plenty of ways to build and personalize your plan.
Keep in mind that the mini channel add-ons will have a different lineup based on which Sling TV package you have.
For example, the Lifestyle Extra add-on for Sling Blue subscribers doesn’t come with BET, which is available when you add it to your Sling Orange package. But instead, it gives you access to Oxygen, which isn’t available for Sling Orange subscribers. And the Hollywood Extra add-on comes with FOX channels like FOX Movies and FXX if you add it to your Sling Blue package. But Sling Orange subscribers won’t have access to these two additional channels.
However, if you combine an add-on package with your Sling Blue + Sling Orange plan, you’ll get all the extra channels available under each plan.
Sports fans have the option to customize their package with the Sports Extra add-on for $10/mo.
For Sling Orange subscribers, this add-on comes with 15 channels and includes ACC Network, ACC Network Extra, beIN Sports, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, Longhorn Network, MLB Network, MLB Strike Zone, NBA TV, NHL Network, Outside TV, PAC 12 Network, SEC Network and SEC Network+.
For Sling Blue subscribers, this add-on comes with 10 additional channels, including beIN Sports, FOX Sports 2, Golf Channel, MLB Network, MLB Strike Zone, NBA TV, NFL Red Zone, NHL Network, Olympic Channel, Outside TV, PAC 12 Network and Tennis Channel.
You can also get the Comedy Extra add-on for $5/mo. if you love this type of programming.
Sling Orange subscribers will get around nine channels with this add-on, including CMT, Game Show Network, Logo, MTV, MTV 2, Paramount Network, Revolt, truTV and TV Land. Sling Blue subscribers will get the same channels with this add-on, except for Paramount Network and truTV.
For households with children, Sling TV offers an add-on that contains dedicated channels for kids. The Kids Extra add-on costs $5/mo. and comes with eight additional channels for Sling Orange subscribers. This includes Baby TV, Boomerang, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ducktv, Nick Jr., Nicktoons and TeenNick. Sling Blue subscribers can access the same lineup for the same price, excluding the Disney channel slate.
If you want to enhance your lineup of news programming, Sling TV offers a News Extra add-on for $5/mo. For Sling Orange subscribers, this means access to 10 additional news channels such as BBC World News, CGTN, Euronews, HLN, Law & Crime Trial Network, News 18, NewsMax TV, RT America, Science Channel and Weather Nation.
Sling Blue subscribers can get all of this except for HLN. But they also have CNBC, FOX Business, France 24 and NDTV 24×7. This makes Blue a great option if news programming is important to you.
Lifestyle Extra gives you access to 10+ additional channels that showcase life experience programming for $5/mo.
For Sling Orange subscribers, the channel collection includes BET, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, FYI, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Drama, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Lifetime Movies Network, VH1, WE tv and Z Living.
While Sling Blue subscribers get most of the same channels with this add-on, that doesn’t include BET. And instead, they’ll get access to Oxygen.
Cinephiles will love the Hollywood Extra add-on, which gives you a robust collection of award-winning indie movies, classics and popular titles. For an extra $5/mo., Sling Orange subscribers will get access to Cinémoi, HDNet Movies, REELZ, Sundance TV and Turner Classic Movies. Sling Blue subscribers will get all of these plus FX Movies and FXX.
For those who want more access to American lifestyle and outdoor sporting programs, Sling TV offers the Heartland Extra for $5/mo.
Sling Orange subscribers will get 10+ channels with this add-on. This includes American Heroes Channel, Destination America, Great American Country, Outdoor Channel, PixL, Pursuit, RFD TV, RIDE TV, Sportsman Channel, The Cowboy Channel and World Fishing Network. Sling Blue subscribers will get all of these along with Nat Geo Wild.
Besides these mini channel packages, Sling TV also offers a bunch of premium channels as a-la-carte add-ons. This allows you to customize your plan using only the channels that you specifically want to watch. Prices start at $3/mo. Some of the a-la-carte channel add-ons include:
Cloud DVR Plus
By default, you get 10 hours of cloud DVR storage with your Sling TV subscription. If you need more, you can always upgrade to Cloud DVR Plus for $5/mo. This gives you 50 hours of storage so you can record more of your favorite live TV programming.
4 Extras Deal
Instead of having to pay for multiple add-ons, Sling TV allows you to save money with the 4 Extras Deal for $12/mo. This deal comes with the add-on packages for comedy, kids, lifestyle and news so you don’t have to pay for all of them separately.
Total TV Deal
If you plan on getting all the seven add-on packages, Sling TV gives you the option to save some money with the Total TV Deal for $20/mo. This also comes with Cloud DVR Plus, so you don’t have to pay for all of these extras separately, which would end up costing you around $45/mo.
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